Every year around this time there seems to be a glut of people making the claim that Easter (the name in the English-speaking world for the Resurrection celebration/commemoration) is pagan, or at the very least has pagan roots. The accompanying picture should tell you my thoughts on the matter.
Now, I will be the first to admit that many – if not most – of the people who get uptight about supposed “pagan-roots of Easter” have their hearts in the right place. They are sincere in their desire to avoid any form of evil and want to honor Christ in all that they do.
But the yarns that get tossed around as supposed proofs for Easter being taken from pagans and reworked into Christianity are nothing short of conspiratorial paranoia… at least from where I’m standing. If you actually check the sources on the articles, videos, or whatever other medium is conveying this silly idea to you, you will find that they all go back to speculations built on logical fallacies based on theory.
Please, there is no substance, do not be deceived.
That said, I want to provide you with 2 links that I think do a fine job of debunking the supposed “pagan roots” of Easter for your arsenal. These should help as you come into contact with the bogus claims of the season, as well as be an arrow in your quiver in apologetic encounters you may have along the way.
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Now, a few more words are in order on the subject very quickly. Although the articles above make a very strong case against pagan roots for Easter, they will not banish everyone’s doubts. Once exposed to the lie about pagan roots, many people develop an “I’d better stay away anyway, just in case” mentality. I understand that, and I respect the decision inasmuch as it is an issue of the conscience.
That said, for those that fall into this category, read Pastor Hobson’s post from last Christmas which makes the case that, in a certain sense, pagan roots is exactly what Christians should expect. Note that the post is talking about Christmas, but it is just as applicable to any Christian holiday with alleged “pagan roots”.
Have a blessed Easter!